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I passed on Rs 12 cr to Sidhu: Dhira
Patiala, May 16
Randhir Singh Dhira claimed today that he had acted as a conduit for passing on around Rs 12 crore to jailed PPSC Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu in an in-camera statement recorded under Section 164 in a local court.

Order on Sidhu’s plea reserved
Chandigarh, May 16
Reserving orders on a writ petition filed by Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu against “selective disclosure” to the media, besides another petition filed a social organisation seeking “transparent investigation” in the matter, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today once again asked Punjab’s Advocate-General to ensure that a complete list giving information regarding the “links” of the candidates, along with the details of their academic performance, was placed before the Court on Monday.

PO enjoyed VIP facilities during Akali rule
Moga, May 16
Even as the former chief minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has been alleging that the Congress government is harassing SAD workers on flimsy grounds, Nirdhak Singh Brar, senior functionary of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) who was declared proclaimed offender (PO) by court, had enjoyed “VIP” facilities during the previous SAD-BJP government in the state.

Cop booked for disorderly conduct
Attempt to attack Badal
Jalandhar, May 16
Even as the police is trying to play down the bid to attack former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal by a police constable with his knife during a poll rally here last night, the incident has virtually exposed the deteriorating law and order situation in the city.




CM’s statement on VC’s appointment hailed
Patiala, May 16
Almost all teachers’ bodies of Punjabi University today welcomed the statement of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, pertaining to the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of the university.

ISI planning trouble in Punjab
Fazilka, May 16
Following an attempt by six Indian nationals to blow up Lashkar-e-Toiba’s headquarters at Muridke, 30 km from Lahore in the last week of April, this year the ISI of Pakistan has made fresh plans to revive their activities in Punjab and Rajasthan.

Border villagers feel insecure
Indo-Pak border (Amritsar), May 16
The hardened stand of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and Mr Lal Krishan Advani against Pakistan after the militant attack on the Army camp near Jammu has instilled a sense of insecurity among residents of the border belt. The heightened tension has severely hit paddy sowing in the area.

PRTC ends free, concessional travel
Patiala, May 16
In a major decision the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has put an end to free and concessional travel on its buses plying under the kilometre scheme in the state.

Arrest warrants against 520 farmers
Mansa, May 16
The cooperative banks in the district have obtained arrest warrants against 520 defaulting farmers who have not repaid back the loans given to them. These banks have so far sent 14 defaulting farmers to the jail.


Cong trying to reign in dissidents
Patiala, May 16
The Congress is pulling out all stops to make dissidents posing threats to back down even at the last minute with even police officials, local CID men being engaged to gauge the threat.


Talwandi releases report on Bhaniarawala
Ludhiana, May 16
Alleging that the SGPC was sitting over and trying to hush up the three-member commission report on the activities of Baba Bhaniarawala, former SGPC president and the senior vice-president of SAD Jagdev Singh Talwandi released the copies of the report to the media here today. He said his only purpose was to bring the findings of the commission before the general public.

Lack of funds hits dam project
Pathankot, May 16
The Shahpur Kandi dam project has been hanging fire for want of funds. The multi-purpose Ranjit Sagar dam project, known as Thein Dam, estimated to cost Rs 3,800 crore, will be completed only when, three projects, the Shahpur Kandi dam project, 168 mw, the Upper Doab project, State III 57 mw and the Shahpur Kandi extention hydel project 75 mw are taken up and completed.

DCC seeks President’s rule in Gujarat
Bathinda, May 16
The District Congress Committee (DCC), Faridkot, yesterday held a rally in front of the Mini-Secretariat, Faridkot, to show resentment over the incidents in Gujarat. The committee also submitted a memorandum to the President for the implementation of the President’s rule in Gujarat.

Rs 1.28 lakh suit against Gurdas Mann
Ropar, May 16
A local court has issued a notice for July 19 to Gurdas Mann, Punjabi singer, and Narinderjit Singh of Patiala to present their case in a civil suit filed against them for the recovery of Rs 1.28 lakh by the Sea Hawks Musical Organisation, Ghanauli (Ropar).

Goods train derails, traffic hit
Amritsar, May 16
Six coaches of a goods train carrying wheat derailed here early this morning, delaying more than nine trains for more than five hours. The train that was coming from Gurdaspur derailed in the city limits near the busy Bhandari overbridge, allegedly due to a technical fault.

Bogeys derailed at Amritsar.
— photo Rajiv Sharma

Probe into admissions scam starts
Mansa, May 16
Mr Lajpat Singh Batala, a police official, has started an inquiry into the alleged scam involving Rs 10 crore of admissions to Khalsa Rural Dental College and Hospital, Nangal Kalan in the district.

3 die in mishap
Amritsar, May 16
Three persons were killed when their car collided head-on with a police bus in New Amritsar, near the Amritsar-Jalandhar highway, today.

The car that collided with a police bus, resulting in the death of its three occupants on Thursday.
— photo Rajiv Sharma

DC pulls up SDM in social boycott case
Kapurthala, May 16
Mr Rakesh Kumar Verma, Deputy Commissioner, has taken a strong note of the alleged social boycott of members of the Balmiki Community at Toderwal village by members of upper castes following a news item published in The Tribune yesterday.

Lecturers remanded in police custody
Bathinda, May 16
Three lecturers of the local Rajindra Government College, who were caught red-handed by the vigilance Bureau taking tuitions at their residential premises yesterday, were remanded in police custody up to May 17 when they were produced before the chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Surinder Mohan, today.

Forum to fight corruption
Bathinda, May 16
The Vigilant Citizens Forum (VCF), established under the aegis of Swami Vivekanand Study Circle, Bathinda, on Tuesday, while deciding to fight corruption in its all manifestations, urged the authorities concerned to give exemplary punishment to corrupt public servants by treating them as anti-national, traitors and criminals.

Lok adalat to decide cases on May 18
Bathinda, May 16
A lok adalat will be held at local courts on May 18. Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge, will preside over the adalat. Mr HPS Mahal, Member, Secretary of the Punjab Legal Services Authority, will be special guest. Ten courts will be held on that day as part of lok adalat.


BKU (E) to launch stir


No duty charge for PSIEC officers
Chandigarh, May 16
To improve efficiency and eradicate slackness in the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation. (PSIEC), it has been decided as a policy to do away with giving current duty charge to officers/officials working in the corporation.

PSEB staff hold rallies
Bathinda, May 16
Members of various unions of the Punjab State Electricity Board held rallies at different places in the city on a call given by the Struggle Committee, to pressure the authorities to accept their long-pending demands.


2 get jail for taking bribe
Bathinda, May 16
Mr Channan Singh, Special Judge, Ferozepore, has sentenced a clerk, Basant Singh, at tehsil office, Zira, and a mandi supervisor, Surjeet Singh, at Ferozepore to one-and-a-half years’ imprisonment and fine in separate cases of corruption registered against them.


PTU computer courses get good response
Chandigarh, May 16
The overwhelming response to distance education computer courses of Punjab Technical University (PTU) has not only raked in revenue of Rs 30 crore for the university at the start of this academic session but also created hundreds of jobs.

Probe into fake degree racket ordered
Ropar, May 16
The Department of Education, Punjab has ordered an inquiry into the recruitment racket involving use of fake degrees to get admission to ETT course. Taking congnisance of the report published in The Tribune, the Additional Secretary, School Education, Mr Amarjit Singh Pannu, today directed the DPI, primary schools, to submit a report on the matter.

Baba Farid varsity PMET test on June 23
Abohar, May 16
The Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, Faridkot, has been authorised by Punjab Government to hold Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET)-2002 in compulsory subjects of physics, chemistry and biology for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in medical colleges at Amritsar, Patiala, Faridkot, Ludhiana, Sunam, Dera Bassi and Muktsar.

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